April 21, 1998 ~ July 12, 2014
Mason Graves Zisette
(April 21, 1998 to July 12, 2014)
Our sweet son was taken by angel's wings far too early for those he left behind. We, as a family, are blessed to know that the love we shared together was never compromised and that the love within our family was the greatest treasure anyone could hope to have. Mason knew he was adored and he knew how special he was to our hearts and to all of those who knew him. He was an exceptional soul here on Earth and we are confident that he is now enjoying the Kingdom of Heaven as one of its exalted angels. We find peace in this certain knowledge.
Mason loved and was loved by so many, both in this community and throughout all the paths he walked in his short life. He could make a stranger into a friend in an instant. He had that gift.
He was part of a giant and loving clan of extended family, including aunts and uncles, fifteen cousins and two sets of devoted grandparents. This foundation of family has never wavered in its love and support of one another. Our family motto is, "We Come from a Long Line of Love."
Our "Z Team" has lost one of its own. Our hearts ache for his voice and his smile and certainly his laughter. Mason filled our lives with joy beyond measure. He was an immensely bright light whose absence will leave us all with a hole that can only be filled with gratitude, love and faith.
Mason attended Trinity Lutheran Preschool where he spent happy days with his buddies as the "Red
Power Ranger." He went on to Pacific Elementary where he continued to make amazing friendships.
He loved his teachers and all of the staff at Pacific. He continued his education at Manhattan Beach
Middle School where he added to his friendship circle. He never ever complained about getting up for school or for heading to campus. He loved his life. From MBMS, Mason headed to Mira Costa. He loved being a Mustang. He played varsity tennis both his freshman and sophomore years. He loved being part of the team. Driving past Costa now gives us pause for a smile because we know how much he smiled and laughed and was learning to be a young man on that campus. Life was blessed for our boy.
Mason loved adventure. He loved our family trips. He was up for anything, anytime. He loved family dinners, sushi was his favorite. He loved his dogs, Bear and Marley. That love was just another insight to how golden his heart was. Anyone who loves animals as much as Mason embodies the gentlest of hearts and the kindest of souls. That is not to say that Mason was a quiet, introverted young man. He lived larger than life. He loved being with his friends, he loved music and loved to dance. He wanted everyone to have a good time and loved putting a smile on everyone's face. We loved loading our cars with friends for long weekends in the desert, we loved sleepovers where there were too many bodies to count. We loved "the bros" and the "little ladybugs." He certainly had the best of times with those he leaves behind.
Mason loved his siblings. Caroline and Mason were the original duo. He loved her, was so proud of her and always watched over her. Caroline and Mason had so many adventures together and for that, she will always be grateful. His little brother Johnny was the focus of his snuggle efforts. No one loved to snuggle more than Mason. Johnny and Mason played tennis together and those memories will be cherished – brothers forever. Johnny was always in awe of his big brother and could usually be found under his wing. Mason's friends included Johnny in their circle, which always impressed me. We always said of our four children, we had "bookends" and "middles." Mason and Katherine were the "bookends." Little Katherine not only looks just like her big brother, she acts like him too. He worried about her, always making sure she was safe. He loved his family. Mason was not one to hold back his affection or love, even as a teenager. He was instrumental in the keeping the love flowing through this house as freely as it did. Perhaps Mason's best friend of all was his loving Dad, Matt. Mason and Matt shared the same heart and spoke the same language. They had a comfort with each other that was a thing of beauty. Mason was Matt's little buddy when he was young and was growing into such a strong and independent young man . . . there was never a prouder father or one that holds more love for his family in his heart. Our firstborn showed us the ropes. He was patient with us and formed who we are as parents. As his mother, I really can't say enough how blessed I am. He placed in my heart more memories of love and laughter and pure joy than I ever thought I could hold. I will even cherish the times where I had to scold him . . . when I was trying my hardest to impart a mother's wisdom, Mason would crack my stronghold and fill our conversation with love and laughter. I will always be his mother and he will always be my Mason.
Words of gratitude seem small when trying to convey our feelings of what our community has done for our family in response to Mason's passing. The kind notes, hugs, deliveries of food, flowers, candles, prayers, condolences, the balloon release and the Paddle Out, (both arranged by friends of Mason's), were all beyond amazing. To see the outpouring of love and support that you all have shown our family and each other in this time of mourning has uplifted our hearts, and for that, we cannot thank each and every one of you enough.
We were lucky to have lived in this world with our Mason. Until we are together again, we will hold dear the beauty of a sunset, the glow of a new day, the warmth of a smile, the laughter of friends, hearing one of his favorite songs, for through all these moments and many more, we know he will be there.
Services will be held at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach. Saturday, July 26th 9:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mason Zisette Memorial Fund. Donations are tax deductible and may be forwarded to (c/o Jean Okuda) 4215 Glencoe Ave., #231, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 or they may be dropped off at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach or at the service on Saturday. The family will maintain the fund in Mason's honor and will direct all monies to charities close to his heart. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and to share memories.
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